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The Bund

The changing fortunes of this sprawling riverside walkway are symbolic of the evolution of Shanghai itself.

Stretching for over a kilometre along the banks of the Huangpu River, the Bund is one of Shanghai’s best known landmarks. It is a popular promenade with locals and tourists alike, providing fantastic views of romantic colonial architecture on one riverbank and gleaming high-rise buildings on the other.

Join a walking tour to discover more about the history of the waterfront. Developed by European and American financiers throughout the nineteenth century, the Bund was once a major commercial hub. At its height, it was home to a number of key businesses including the ‘big four’ of the Chinese banking world.

Following the Revolution of 1949, the area gradually fell from grace, eventually becoming little more than a multi-lane traffic jam. Over the last few decades, however, the Bund has seen a major redevelopment with many of its splendid period buildings having been restored and on display as ‘colonial relics’.

The waterfront is a great place to visit in the early morning or later in the day. If you arrive first thing, you’ll find plenty of cafés and stalls where you can enjoy pancakes and steamed dumplings – known as baozi – before heading along the riverfront for a run or a spot of Tai Chi. In the early afternoon, tea is served in the grand hotels along the water.

Later in the day, the Bund turns into a trendy destination for the city’s night owls. Watch the lights reflecting off the darkened waters as you sip a cocktail on a roof terrace or listen to jazz in bars once frequented by the likes of Noel Coward and Charlie Chaplin.

The Bund is easily walkable from the Pudong area of Shanghai – just use the pedestrian tunnel beneath the river. If you are further afield, catch an underground train to East Nanjing Road Station. You can also get here by ferry, or incorporate it into a boat tour along the river.


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Lodging Near The Bund

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Fairmont Peace Hotel

Fairmont Peace Hotel

20 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, Shanghai
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    5.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

    This family-friendly Shanghai hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 5-minute walk of The Bund and Shanghai International Convention Centre. Oriental Pearl ...

    Fairmont Peace HotelAU$395

    Grand Hyatt Shanghai

    Grand Hyatt Shanghai

    88 Century Avenue, Pudong New Area, Shanghai, Shanghai
      5.0 out of 5.0
       
       

      Located in Pudong, this luxury hotel is steps away from IFC Mall and Shanghai World Financial Center. Shanghai Tower and Oriental Pearl Tower are also within ...

      Grand Hyatt ShanghaiAU$244

      The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi

      The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi

      No.99 Madang Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, Shanghai
        5.0 out of 5.0
         
         

        Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Former French Concession and K11 Art Mall. Shanghai Museum and Xintiandi Style ...

        The Langham, Shanghai, XintiandiAU$225

        Park Hyatt Shanghai

        Park Hyatt Shanghai

        No 100 Century Avenue Pudong, Shanghai, Shanghai
          5.0 out of 5.0
           
           

          Located in Pudong, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai Tower and Jin Mao Tower. Shanghai World Financial Center and The Bund are also within ...

          Park Hyatt ShanghaiAU$368

          The Shanghai EDITION

          The Shanghai EDITION

          199 Nanjing Road East, Huangpu, Shanghai, Shanghai
            5.0 out of 5.0
             
             

            Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, Yu Garden and People's Square. Shanghai Museum and Shanghai ...

            The Shanghai EDITIONAU$371

            Bulgari Hotel Shanghai

            Bulgari Hotel Shanghai

            No 33. North Henan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
              5.0 out of 5.0
               
               

              Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Town God Temple Snack Street, The Bund, and Yu Garden. Nanjing Road Shopping ...

              Bulgari Hotel ShanghaiAU$759

              Hyatt On The Bund

              Hyatt On The Bund

              199 Huang Pu Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
                5.0 out of 5.0
                 
                 
                4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

                Located in Hong Kou, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Customs House and Nanjing Road Shopping District. Yu Garden and People's Square are also within ...

                Hyatt On The BundAU$194

                The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

                The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong

                Shanghai ifc No.8 Century Avenue, Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai, Shanghai
                  5.0 out of 5.0
                   
                   

                  Located in Pudong, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Super Brand Mall, Shanghai Municipal History Museum and Pudong Riverside Promenade and Park. ...

                  The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, PudongAU$421

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